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craquelure (krăklo͝orˈ), hairline surface cracking of paintings into characteristic patterns determined by age, climatic conditions, and the materials used in the work. Cracking was so common in works by 18th-century English painters that it became known as craquelure anglaise. Forgers and restorers often imitate craquelure to enhance the look of authenticity in their works.
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in paintings, a cracking in the painted surface. Craquelure appears in undried, newly painted works because of the evaporation of solvents (water, pinene, and others) or the uneven or rapid shrinkage of the binding. It occurs in dried paintings from repeated swellings, shrinkage, and mechanical influences.

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Quoi qu'il fasse pour se raffiner, il y aurait toujours quelque felure, quelque craquelure regrettable dans sa vie.
This typical ageing effect can be recreated with crackle glaze, crackle varnish and craquelure. Ideal for most furniture including doors and wooden panelling.
Crackle Glaze And Craquelure Ideal for most furniture including doors and wooden panelling, these finishes give furniture an appearance of cracked paint or varnish.
Bent over the sink and the scattered archaeological remains of your backlogged solitary meals: plates used a few times over, now messy palettes of meat-juice earthtones and sticky vegetable texture, knives smeared with hardened peanut butter or the intricate craquelure of old cream cheese, the red-wash mineral deposits of the wine glasses.
His most recent exploration of technique is ink-jet photography onto which he may apply a thin veil of oil paint and infuse a "craquelure" effect to convey notions of age and time.
The author stresses the difficulty posed by the proportions of oil to the other ingredients which left its impact on Leonardo's early paintings, all of which are marred by the subsequent wrinkling of the paint surface that led to surface craquelure. Verrocchio's lack of experience in fresco would seem equally relevant to discussions of Leonardo's technique in his Last Supper in Milan.
Note: If you want an antique look for your photograph box, use only one coat of acrylic varnish, followed by a craquelure finish.
As soon as the visitor turns into the Marley Gallery, three close-eyed saints by Simone Martini return his gaze through a craquelure of gold leaf.
The later portraits range from more contemporary and down-home if defiant images of the artist at work, through the Titianesque "Prince of Painters" (94) depicted in the monumental 1658 self-portrait in New York, to the cackling old jokester who laughs at the craquelure of his mortality in the "poignant and ironic" canvas in Cologne (101-4).
These gave the artist occasion to paint rusty hinges, nail holes, scratches, graffiti, chipped and peeling paint and-interestingly in terms of the tradition-the sort of craquelure to which paint is subject, leaving the viewer to figure out whether Harnett's paint is afflicted by it or merely represents it.
The seams of the abutments formed ghost verticals, affording, at length, a certain disarming craquelure. Of these rationalist panels, a single narrow one, #36, 1974, is the exception that proves the rule; it picts, as it were--not depicts--an exploded letter K, arms akimbo, thus ostentatiously differentiating itself from the larger group of paintings.